TWO Ballymena men have been given life sentences for the murder of a schoolboy seven years ago.
Fifteen-year-old Michael McIlveen died from brain injuries the day after he and two friends were attacked in 2006.
Christopher Francis Kerr, 26, from Moat Road and Aaron Cavana Wallace, 24, from Carnduff Drive, pleaded guilty at the trial on Wednesday.
The tariff for the time they will serve before they can be considered for parole will be set at later date.
Their murder convictions were quashed by the Court of Appeal last December and retrial was ordered by three senior judges.
Fifteen-year-old Michael McIlveen died after being chased and attacked by a crowd in Ballymena in May 2006. He was beaten with a baseball bat and allegedly kicked as he lay defenceless in an alleyway.
Wallace, 23, formerly of Moat Road, Kerr, 25, from Carnduff Drive, and Lewis, 22, of Rossdale – all in Ballymena – were originally found guilty of his murder and given minimum jail terms ranging from 10 to 13 years by the trial judger Mr Justice Seamus Treacy
A fourth man, Mervyn Wilson Moon, 23, of Douglas Terrace in the town, had admitted the killing at the start of the trial.